Friday, August 24, 2007

More (Awesome) ApocaLEGO

Nathan Wells takes his turn at ApocaLEGO with his Checkpoint. Besides being absolutely amazing in general, this MOC incorporates quite a few unique uses of elements.

A few of the highlights:

Pirate ship mast used as electric pole, stack of upturned 2x2 dishes as....whatever those things are called, and the wizard lighting piece to shorted out connection!







Unique (SNOT) constructon of sandbags and greeblish barbed wire tangle using minifig hands, levers, and just about anything else small, black, and skinny.





Pirate hook-hands for the sniper rifle bi-pod. You can see this rifle in action in the previous picture.






Via The Brothers Brick.



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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Corner Post Office

Check out this Corner Post Office by Brickmann! It is very well done, with tons of little details - here are two you definitely won't want to miss:


the simple yet effective SNOT construction of the stairway light...











and the use of wheel fenders for arches over the windows.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Techniques with the New Skeleton Torso

Classic-Castle.com member earl-0 has recently hosted a building challenge to find out inovative uses for the new skeleton torso from the Castle 2007 product line. The results are quite facinating! Also check out this post for more info and links.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Cape Blanco Lighthouse

I stumbled upon this beautiful MOC on Brickshelf yesterday - a model of Cape Blanco Lighthouse by mrjasonvv. My favorite technique in this MOC is the construction of the roof. Yes, it is just ordinary slopes used like slopes usually are, but notice that they are all 1x2's - it gives a very convincing clay tile or shingle effect.

Notice the 1x1 round plates at the edge of the roof and the 1x2 curved bricks incorporated in the ridge pole. Oh, and don't miss the clever SNOT door!

EDIT: those are NOT 1x2 slopes, they are 1x2 tiles mounted on a 45 degree angle! How did he do that? Also notice the roof of the tower - it is constructed much the same way.






Thursday, August 16, 2007

Burrower

This Burrower by BrickKenobi was recommended to me by Graeme Allen. Notice the binocs for the front feet and the pistols used in the construction of the back legs. I really like the minifig drill tool used in the front legs - it gives a nice beefy look to them. Well spotted, Graeme!


Wednesday, August 15, 2007

More Motorcycles

Motorcycles seem to be a popular subject right now. The great thing is that they all use one or another unique technique in their construction. Minifig hands and droid arms seem to be popular parts. Check out these new bikes by Noddy (WARNING: gallery contains some minifig nudity).

Friday, August 10, 2007

Spiral Staircase by Nathan Proudlove

Nathan Proudlove has come up with a unique design for a spiral staircase. See the detail picture here.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Castle/Fantasy Weapon Techniques

Today we are featuring older creations, but amazing just the same - Star's weapons! Every one of these little beauties uses one or another piece in an unusual way. Take, for instance, the bat used in the sword above.

This axe makes good use of the Count Dooku lightsaber handle and the new Castle 2007 scythe.







These swords are among my favorite for their overall elegance of design.







Be sure to check out the entire gallery!


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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Microscale Tank Rides on Optics

For this morning's creation we feature a microscale MOC - Kero40's tank! The most prominent feature is the use of fig binoculars for the tank treads. Very well done! Also notice that the entire body of the tank is built studs down (probably to attach the binoculars underneath). Other features of interest: the use of the 1x plates with track (what is their "official" name anyway?) and the 1x1 plates with clips to add texture to this MOC.


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Monday, August 06, 2007

Post-Apoc Goodness


Andrew over at The Brothers Brick just posted Legohaulic's Post-Apocalyptic MOCs. Head on over and enjoy!


Village Joust by Dan82

Here we are with another older MOC: Village Joust by Dan82. Besides being a well designed diorama, it has a few techniques worth mentioning.

In this picture, several techniques can be noticed. First of all, his method of texturing the ground, showing places where the grass has been torn down to stone or dirt. Also notice the construction of the lamps on either side of the doorway and the use of corrugated 1x2 bricks on the gables of the roof. And don't miss the shield - it's not that new of a concept anymore but is still worth a mention.

Also not to be missed: the drawer construction technique used in the cabinet of this room. Side thought: I wonder why he didn't use tiles for the bed?





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Saturday, August 04, 2007

Look up! It's a....MOC?


This creation was brought to my attention by it's builder himself, Miles Flinn. I especially like the way he did the wings (with flags) and the use of the telephone pieces in the construction of the legs. There are a few other interesting concepts in his gallery.

By the way, Miles sent me the suggestion to blog his creation through the handy-dandy link I've provided over on the left hand side. I'm always looking for innovative MOCs, so if you find or build one, feel free to use this feature to give me a buzz!

Friday, August 03, 2007

Fatboy Tech

Here we have another motorcycle, but this one is from Fat Tony. This one warrants some serious gazing. Ever time I look at it again I see something I missed before! Here are a few of many unique techniques: the KKII helm used as the front fender, the saw blade and closed wrench used in the back wheel support, and the pickax used for a kick-stand.




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Hinge Used for....Protection?

I love arrow slit techniques. Yes, I am a Castle-head. But even those who rarely build in castle can benefit from some of the techniques devised in the service of the almighty arrow slit. The latest of these techniques is brought to us by Alan, and it is awesome!


Here you can get a better idea of the Technic construction. Check out the gallery for more techniques!









Thursday, August 02, 2007

Unique Technique Creatures

I'm not sure how old this is, but it is so awesome I'll post it anyway. Moko used some amazing techniques in his Fantasy Castle creatures. Take, for instance, the Bone Warrior above. Notice the fig hands and horns in the chest.

My personal favorites are these warriors. Notice the viking helms used as the hammer heads and the axe heads used in the construction of the legs.






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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Imperial Fort


Marian, from Classic-Castle.com, has just posted a pretty amazing little fortress. Hang on to your hats, because there are a ton of Unique Techniques in this one.

The first thing that caught my eye was the use of minifig legs in the curved wall of the tower. Also notice the 1x2 hinge bricks. If you go to the linked picture, you can also see the great use of half arches.



Now notice the incorporation of the lever pieces in the lantern. Another picture can be found here. Also pay attention to the curved steps - more on that next.






Here we have a better photo revealing the construction of the curved steps. It seems to be using 1x1 clips attached to a rod which allows the steps to be constructed using SNOTed 1x bricks. EDIT: Marian said this about the construction of said steps: "The curved steps are made from Tile 1 x 1 with Clip on top of Slope Brick 75 2 x 1 x 3 with two 1x3 bricks, attached to Antenna 4H."





More interesting pictures - the techniques are pretty self-explanitory:


Notice the steps in the middle of the photo constructed using 1x4 fence pieces.


Suitcases used for drawers and classic capes for fireplace curtains...


...and more suitcases used for steps!


Check out the table legs!



And, finally, the construction of yet another set of stairs.


Happy building!

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Friday, July 27, 2007

Motorcycles by Noddy


Relatively recent Brickshelf user Noddy has some pretty amazing motorcycles in his gallery. Notice especially his use of minifig hands and lever bases in the above pictured bike and the blue flames used as splashing water in his Motorcrosss Rally bignette.

Noddy also has a few great ideas in this little desk MOC. For instance, notice the chair construction and the combination of a headlight brick and a corrugated 1x2 brick for the computer.



Take the time to browse his gallery - it's worth it.





Thursday, July 26, 2007

Battering Ram


Here we are with the first post for rejuvenated Unique Brique Techniques! This is Battering Ram by Kelderic.




Although a well-designed little MOC, there's not much very out of the ordinary about it until you look closely at the crossbeam. Waddayaknow - it's a barrel!




Have fun and "play well"!




Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Back Again!

Hello to one and all! This blog was laid to rest almost a year ago because of all the time school was taking for both Nate and myself. However, been there, done that, graduated! Now I have time for my favorite hobby: LEGO! Which means I'll be blogging regularly again. I've got a few creations bookmarked, so look forward to new techniques coming your way very soon!

That's all for now,

Dale